Our History

Since our creation in 1998 by the Melville Charitable Trust, the Partnership has focused on strategies to prevent and end homelessness and improve housing affordability and stability in Connecticut. We incorporated as a separate 501(c)(3) in 2004 and moved into the newly renovated Lyceum Resource and Conference Center.

From our inception until 2010, Diane Randall served as the first executive director and helped to establish the Partnership as the go-to institution for information on homelessness and affordable housing. In 2011, Howard Rifkin was appointed and was instrumental in expanding the depth and breadth of the Partnership. Alicia Woodsby was named executive director in June 2014 and over the course of 4 years significantly deepened the Partnership’s work to prevent and end homelessness. In 2018, Kiley Gosselin sharpened the Partnership’s strategic focus on affordable housing issues and laid the groundwork for current leadership. Chelsea Ross was named executive director in 2023 and is stewarding the Partnership into our next phase.

Since our founding, the Partnership has successfully advocated for more than $2.6 billion in public funding in Connecticut. These investments have helped build homes and deliver services to increase housing affordability, supply, access, and stability. We have engaged community, civic, and elected leaders to come together and imagine, plan and execute effective change and to create a new paradigm of thinking about housing.

1998

We started

Since our creation in 1998 by the Melville Charitable Trust, the Partnership has focused on strategies to prevent and end homelessness and improve housing affordability and stability in Connecticut.
1998

2004

Incorporated

We incorporated as a separate 501(c)(3).
2004

2004

We have a home

We moved into the newly renovated Lyceum Resource and Conference Center.
2004

1998 to 2010

Our first director

Diane Randall served as the first executive director and helped to establish the Partnership as the go-to institution for information on homelessness and affordable housing.
1998 to 2010

2011

We expand our mission

Howard Rifkin was appointed and was instrumental in expanding the depth and breadth of the Partnership.
2011

2014

We Deepen our commitment to end homelessness

Alicia Woodsby was named executive director in June and over the course of 4 years significantly deepened the Partnership’s work to prevent and end homelessness.
2014

2018

focus on affordable housing issues

In 2018, Kiley Gosselin sharpened the Partnership’s strategic focus on affordable housing issues and laid the groundwork for current leadership.
2018

2023

New Leadership

Chelsea Ross was named executive director and is stewarding the Partnership into our next phase.

2023

2024

A New Paradigm

Since our founding, the Partnership has successfully advocated for more than $2.6 billion in public funding in Connecticut. These investments have helped build homes and deliver services to increase housing affordability, creation, choice, and stability. We have engaged community, civic, and elected leaders to come together and imagine, plan and execute effective change and to create a new paradigm of thinking about housing.
2024